BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Degree Requirements

Summary of Requirements
Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences Requirements58-60
Major Requirements (Core and Selective)50-52
Electives to Reach Minimum Hours8-12
Total Hours120

Pre-Pharmaceutical Sciences Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Human Communication a
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication a
CHEM 122Matter and Energy b3
CHEM 123Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I b2
CHEM 124Chemical Dynamics b3
CHEM 125Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II b2
BIOS 110Biology of Cells and Organisms c4
BIOS 120Biology of Populations and Communities c4
CHEM 232Structure and Function3
CHEM 233Synthesis Techniques Laboratory2
CHEM 234Chemical Synthesis3
Select one of the following:3-4
Physics in Modern Medicine c
Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I c
General Physics I (Mechanics) c
Select one of the following:4-5
Calculus for Business c
Calculus for the Life Sciences c
Calculus I c
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
PHAR 200 and PHAR 201 should be completed by UIC students before admission to the program.
Four General Education courses d12
Total Hours58-60

Pharmaceutical Sciences Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
BIOS 350General Microbiology3
BIOS 351Microbiology Laboratory2
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Biochemistry
Biochemistry I
Select one of the following anatomy and physiology sequences:8-10
Human Physiological Anatomy I
and Human Physiological Anatomy II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Select one of the following (3 hours total): a3
Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Practice
PHAR 200Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences b3
PHAR 201Drugs in Society b3
PHAR 410Integrated Physiology3
PHAR 422Fundamentals of Drug Action4
PHAR 423Biomedicinal Chemistry4
PHAR 431Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations3
PHAR 432Pharmaceutics II – Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations2
PHAR 435Pharmacokinetics3
PHAR 438Introduction to Drug Information1
PHAR 461Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System2
Select one of the following (3 hours minimum):3
Genetics
Natural Products
Advanced Microbiology
Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
Total Hours50-52

Electives 

Electives
Select elective courses to reach minimum total hours.8-12
Total Hours8-12

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts a 3
CHEM 122
CHEM 123
Matter and Energy
and Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I a
5
COMM 100 Fundamentals of Human Communication a 3
Exploring World Cultures General Education course a 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research a 3
CHEM 124
CHEM 125
Chemical Dynamics
and Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II a
5
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms a 4
Understanding the Creative Arts General Education course a 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
PHAR 200 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences b 3
CHEM 232 Structure and Function 3
BIOS 120 Biology of Populations and Communities a 4
MATH 170 Calculus for the Life Sciences a 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CHEM 233
CHEM 234
Synthesis Techniques Laboratory
and Chemical Synthesis
5
STAT 130 Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences 4
PHAR 201 Drugs in Society b 3
PHYS 131 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I a 4
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIOS 350
BIOS 351
General Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOS 352 Introductory Biochemistry 3
KN 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSCI 300
Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmaceutical Sciences
or Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
or Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Practice
1
Understanding the Past General Education course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
KN 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOS 220
Genetics
or Natural Products
or Advanced Microbiology
or Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
3
PSCI 300
Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmaceutical Sciences
or Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
or Undergraduate Research Experience in Pharmacy Practice
2
Understanding U.S. Society General Education course a 3
Elective 4
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PHAR 410 Integrated Physiology 3
PHAR 422 Fundamentals of Drug Action 4
PHAR 431 Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations 3
PHAR 435 Pharmacokinetics 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PHAR 423 Biomedicinal Chemistry 4
PHAR 432 Pharmaceutics II – Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations 2
PHAR 438 Introduction to Drug Information 1
PHAR 461 Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System 2
Elective 4
 Hours13
 Total Hours120

BSPS/PharmD Pathway

BSPS students may apply to the PharmD Program during their third undergraduate year. In the BSPS/PharmD Pathway, students can complete the BSPS and PharmD Program in seven years, since there are 22 hours of course work that are shared between the two degrees. Students in the BSPS/PharmD Pathway receive their BSPS degree upon completion of 120 hours at the end of their first year of the PharmD Program.